Art

Frederick Lynch: New Work, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick. 725-8157. Today through Saturday. Runs through May 14.

August Ventimiglia, new drawings, June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. 699-0583. Today through Saturday.

“The Lay of the Land,” work from the museum’s permanent collection, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

“European Drawings,” portraits, figure studies, landscapes and architectural studies by various artists, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Through May 22.

“2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” showcases the best in today’s art world by artists associated with Maine, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, $4-$10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Runs through June 5.

Maine Photography Show, annual juried show, Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, free. maine photographyshow.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Runs through May 7.

“Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. 2 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Runs through June 9.

“A Matter of Perception,” juried exhibit of works by artists with disabilities, University of Southern Maine (Atrium Art Gallery), Lewiston. 753-6500. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 24.

“Splendid Splashes,” annual show of abstract works, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. 967-9120. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Alex Katz: Drawings,” Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Runs through June 18.

“Clemens Kalischer: Displaced Persons,” photographs of World War II refugees in Europe, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Runs through June 12.

“James Fitzgerald and the Elizabeth Howard,” drawings, part of the Maine Drawing Project, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, $10-$12, free age 16 and younger. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday through Saturday. Runs through June 26.

“The Orb and the Octopus,” black and white drawings, by Amy Ray and John Jennison, University of Southern Maine (Area Gallery), Portland, free. 780-5008. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Thursday; closing reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Arts, Artists and Personalities in 1930s Maine,” Maine Historical Society, Portland, $7-$8, free for child under 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Runs through May 2.

“Metallics — The Golden Age,” works by painter Jeanne O’Toole Hayman and potter Rick Boyd, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island. 712-1097. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“Four in Maine: Drawings,” works by Mary Barnes, Emily Brown, T. Allen Lawson and John Moore, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday through Saturday. Runs through June 15.

“Max Ascrizzi: New Sculptures,” Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 930-0464. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Runs through May 8.

“Come Spring!” and “14 Maine Modernists: Works on Paper,” Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Today through Saturday. Runs through May 28.

Oil paintings by Norma Torti, Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery. Today through Saturday. Runs through May 10.

“Stuck: Collage, Montage, Decoupage, Assemblage,” group exhibit, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. 338-0001. www.aarhusgallery. com/. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday through Saturday. Runs through May 1.

The Maine Drawing Project, Above and Below the Line, Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art), Fryeburg. Today through Friday.

“Wearable Art: Tunics, Jackets and Vests,” Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. 721-0678. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Dunia Moja/One World: A Peregrine Press and Zanzibar Print Exchange,” prints will be available for purchase, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery), Portland. 871-1700. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 28.

Spring Exhibit, “Shadow Play,” works by Brian Shure; sculpture by J.T. Gibson and hanging drawings by Nancy Murphy Spicer, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. 561-3350. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Runs through June 11.

Senior Exhibition, student works, Bates College (Museum of Art), Lewiston. 786-6158. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Runs through May 28.

“Logging in the Maine Woods Today,” photographs by Tonee Harbert, University of Southern Maine (Glickman Family Library), Portland. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday; 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 29.

A Collection of Photographs: Steven Langerman, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. 347-3075.

“Slack Water: Photographs of the Portland Waterfront,” by Mark Marchesi, Space, Portland. 828-5600. Runs through May 26.

BFA Students Exhibit, University of Southern Maine (Art Gallery), Gorham. 780-5008. 1 to 5 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 6.

“Portraits and Voices: Shoemaking Skills of Generations,” exhibit celebrating Lewiston and Auburn’s history and present-day legacy in shoemaking, Museum L-A, Lewiston. 333-3881. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“Waldo County through Eastern’s Eye,” black and white historic photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company collection, University of Maine (Hutchinson Center), Belfast. 548-2529. 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Current student work, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. www.woodschool.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 26.

“Celebrate Artists from Freeport,” group show, Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport. www.thosmoser.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Runs through May 14.

“Pop-ups! They’re not JUST for kids!” pop-up books from the 1,800 volume Goralnick Collection, Bowdoin College (Hawthorne Longfellow Library), Brunswick. www.bowdoin.edu. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to midnight Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Runs through June 4.

Photography, works by advanced photography students at Yarmouth High School, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth. Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Runs through May 6.

“Frozen in Time,” L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Runs through May 28.

Woodland Margins, works by Barbara Bean, Georgetown Historical Society, Georgetown. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Runs through June 15.

April Fools! group exhibit, Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland. 450-8499. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Two From the Biennial: Clint Fulkerson and Jon Edwards” and “Kate Russo: New Paintings,” Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland. www.susanmaaschfineart.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Art Walk, downtown Biddeford, free. www.biddefordartwalk.com5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Art Openings

“Will Barnet at 100,” Portland Museum of Art, Portland. 775-6148. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Runs through June 15.

Auditions

“The Tempest,” TA Players alumni and community theater production; call for appointment, Thornton Academy, Saco. 602-8143. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Benefits

Bowl For Kids Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, All-Play Family Entertainment Center, Waldoboro. 832-7860. 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 5.

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine Annual Auction, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. 828-1234, ext. 242. $45. www.kitetails.org/. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

AS4MS, an acoustic show with the Sophomore Beat, the Great Valley and Dean Ford; for multiple sclerosis; tickets available at Bull Moose locations, Union Street Brick Church, Bangor, $10. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Go for Baroque out and Bach, 5K and fun run to benefit Coastal Youth Orchestra; CYO musicians will play music at the start, post-race and at each mile marker, Intersection, Brunswick, $10-$25. 729-5156. www.coastalyouthorchestra.org. registration, 7:30 a.m.; races at 9 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Walk for Habitat, 5-mile walk to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Windham Hill United Church of Christ, Windham. 892-5049. 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Guys and Molls, the Speakeasy, silent auction, Club Holy Moly, dinner, dessert and live auction, Cheverus High School, Portland. $50. www.cheverus.org. Benefits the Cheverus Scholarship Fund, 6 p.m. Saturday.

Books and Authors

Dr. Carl Safina, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland. 624-6222. Author of “The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World,” 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. talk, 7:30 p.m. book signing Monday.

“Hand, Voice & Vision: Thirty Years of Artists,” books from Women’s Studio Workshop, University of Southern Maine (Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts), Portland, free. 228-8014. Daily through Saturday.

Julia Spencer-Fleming, campus bookstore, University of Southern Maine, Portland, free, author of “One Was a Soldier,” 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Language Arts Live, series of literary readings, Bates College (Chase Hall), Lewiston, free. www.bates.edu. Novelist Dinaw Mengestu, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Brown Bag Lecture series, one hour program, bring your own lunch, Portland Public Library, Portland, free. 871-1710. Julia Spencer-Fleming “One Was a Soldier,” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Melissa Coleman, Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill, free, author of “This Life Is in Your Hands,” 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Chats with Champions series, with Kate Braestup, “Beginner’s Grace,” Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, free. 563-5513. www.skidompha.org. 10 a.m. Thursday.

Poetry and Music Series, with local poets and musicians, Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, free. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. Student poets and jazz group Envok from the University of Maine at Augusta, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Words & Images 2011: Resurgam Book Release Party, Talbot Auditorium of Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland, free, with music from Olas, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Book signing, Mariner’s Compass Quilt Shop, Bath. “A Campfire for Cowboy Billy” with Maine author Wendy Ulmer, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Penelope O’Sullivan, Kennebooks, Kennebunk, free, slide presentation by author of “The Pruning Answer Book,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Classical Music

Decompression Chamber Music Series, small classical ensembles, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $12 door, $10 in advance. 761-1757. Mozart, 6 p.m. Monday.

Bookend Brahms, with the Colby Symphony Orchestra, Colby College Chorale and Colby-Kennebec Choral Society, Colby College (Lorimer Chapel), Waterville. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pineland Suzuki School Concert, classical and folk music with student performers, South Parish Congregational Church, Augusta. 7 p.m. Saturday.

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir Spring Concert, tickets at Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta, and the Owl and Turtle bookshop in Camden, Newcastle Congregational Church, $12/$15, students free. With guest soloist Johannes Moore, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy

Open Mic Comedy hosted by Brian Brinegar, Slainte, Portland. SYNC Night at 10, 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ralphie May, State Theatre, Portland, $29.50, 8 p.m. Friday.

Dance

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Evening of Dance, student project; tickets required and available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk, Bowdoin College (Pickard Theater), Brunswick, free. 725-3375. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Motor Booty Ball, Mousam View Place, Sanford. $20. Benefits the Sanford Kiwanis Charity Fund. tickets at Sanford Institution For Savings (main branch), Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Communities Credit Union, Kennebunk Savings Bank and through Kiwanis members. 8 to 11 p.m. (doors at 7) Friday.

Saturday Night Dance Party, Argentine tango lesson at 6 p.m.; group lesson 7 p.m.; dance party 8 to 11 p.m., American Ballroom Dance Academy, Portland, call for cover. 671-7644. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dance Tribute, honoring the Bates College dance program’s founder, Marcy Plavin, and her late husband, dance photographer Leonard Plavin. Bates College (Schaeffer Theatre), Lewiston, free. 786-6487. With Bates College alumni and Bates College Modern Dance Company, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Fairs/Festivals

Spring Fair, crafts, seedlings, games and food items, Faith Lutheran Church, Windham. 627-7007. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Project Linus Blanket Day, sale, quilt and blanket show, vendors, supplies and demonstrations; proceeds benefit Project Linus, St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough. 284-5606. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Films

“Poetry,” Strand Theatre, Rockland. 594-0070. www.rocklandstrand.com. Korean drama from director Lee Chang-Dong, 3 p.m. today.

Flix for Chix, monthly series of movies for women (and all you sensitive guys), Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, $5 donation. 563-5513. “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Teens through Time, film series with teen-cenric viewpoint, Portland Public Library, Portland, free. 871-1700. 1980s: “Breakin’,” 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Film screening, Bangor Public Library, Bangor, free. “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” masculinity in rap music, explicit images and language, discussion follows, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“American: The Bill Hicks Story,” documentary film, Space, Portland, $5-$7. 828-5600. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Sagadahoc Preservation’s Dreamland Theater, film series, Winter Street Center, Bath. “Grease” and “Moulin Rouge,” 7 p.m. Thursday.

Paddlers Film Festival, Eastland Hotel, Portland, $12/$15, students $10. Presented by the Maine Island Trail Association and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, 5 p.m. auction, 6:30 p.m. films, Thursday.

Travelogue Film, Sawyer Memorial Auditorium, Greene, free. 946-5311. www.sawyer-foundation.com. “Inside the Tuscan Hills,” 2 and 7 p.m. Friday.

Margaret Chase Smith documentary, Criterion Theatre and Arts Center, Bar Harbor, free. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Food and Drink

Trivia Night, with drink specials, free munchies and prizes, Jameson Tavern, Freeport. 865-4196. 4 to 6 p.m. followed by entertainment Friday. Runs through May 27.

For Children

Junior Ranger Day, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, free. Kids try their hand at the atlatl, an ancient throwing tool, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Home & Garden

Pick or Buy, Then Dry, learn about the wide range of fruits, veggies and herbs you can dry for later use, Windham High School, Windham, $19. 892-1819. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Architalx, speaker series focusing on architecture and design issues; seating limited, doors open at 5:30 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, Portland, $10 ($8 online only). www.architalx.org. Diana Balmori, New York, 6 p.m. Thursday.

Organic Workshop, composting, planting and growing organically, natural pest and weed control and good bugs for your garden, O’Donal’s Nurseries, Gorham, free. 839-4262. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Museums

“In the Soviet Union’s Cross Hairs: the 20th Century Navy in Maine,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, $9/child-$12/adult, free for members. 443-1316. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday. Runs through May 15.

“First People: Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy,” an exhibit of Native American history and culture, University of Maine (Acadian Archives), Fort Kent. www.umfk.maine.edu/archives/default.cfm. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Runs through May 31.

“Learning Is an Ornament: The History of Kennebunk’s Schools,” replica installations, historic images and more, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, $5 donation. www.brickstore museum.org. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Music

Curt Bessette & Jenn Kurtz, the Red Barn at Outlook Farm, South Berwick. Easter brunch, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

Rhythmic Cypher with Dar Stellabotta, Slainte, Portland. 7 p.m. today.

Pickle Jar Defenders, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Monthly show with a local old-time duo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Village of Spaces, Water Fall Arts, Belfast, 5-10. 338-1416. www.turnedword.com. With Dream Zoo, Mona Nash and Curious Shape of Hens, 8:30 p.m. today.

Hoboe, Spring Point Tavern, South Portland. Memorial tribute concert for the late Erik Norman Doughty, today.

USM Trombone Studio Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, free. 780-5555. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Open Mic with Alec Wall, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

James Armstrong, Time Out Pub, Rockland, $10. 7 p.m. Monday.

Acoustic Blues Jam and Roots Special, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. Monday.

John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours, Blues Traveler front man and harpist and new “part-time” band, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $35. http://stonemountainartscenter. 8 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.) Tuesday.

Mike Kapovicky, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. Folk acoustic, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Bad Plus, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $30/$35. Jazz piano trio, 8 p.m. Tuesday.

LEP Night, Slainte, Portland. 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Open Mic Night, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. With Slack Master, 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Noonday concert, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston, free. 786-6135. Bridget Convey and Chiharu Naruse, piano duo, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Acoustic Open Mic Night, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. Featuring Mathew Pop, Tuesday.

The Kyle Hardy Trio, the Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Jazz, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Clash of the Titans, Steely Dan vs. Hall and Oates, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $5. www.portcitymusichall.com. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Floydz Boyz, Grace, Portland. www.restaurantgrace.com. Jazz piano trio, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

David Beam and the Spring-step Boys, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Open Mic, Slainte, Portland. You Won’t at 10, 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Old Time Jam Session, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Griffin Sherry and the Ghost of Paul Revere, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. Wednesday.

Mutina-Central Africa Vision, the Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. World music, 6 p.m. Thursday.

USM Jazz Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, $3-$6. 780-5555. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Shawn Mullins, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $25. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Colin Grant, with Jason MacDonald and Adam Young, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $15. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Brian Patricks, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Heather Maloney, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Sylvain’s Acadian Aces, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday.

Jimmy Dority, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Piano, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Travis James Humphrey, happy hour followed by Jazz Friday with Van Voorst Trio, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. 5 p.m. Thursday.

East Meets West: The Lineage of Big Band Jazz from Both Coasts, with the Portland Jazz Orchestra, University of Southern Maine (Hannaford Hall), Portland, $5-$15. 780-5555. 8 p.m. Friday.

Michael Hurley, the Oak and the Ax, Biddeford, 8. With Jonny Corndawg, 8 p.m. Friday.

Spike Sikes, the Local Buzz, Cape Elizabeth. Jazz, 7 p.m. Friday.

TGIF Series, Zackery’s Restaurant & Lounge, Portland, $5. Wavelength, 8:30 p.m. Friday. Runs through May 13.

Enter the Haggis, Celtic rock, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $25. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Talib Kweli, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20, $25 day of show; $40 VIP. Rap, 8 p.m. Friday.

Shawn Mullins, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $20-$25. 594-0070. 8 p.m. Friday.

Nevertrust, Club Texas, Auburn. Ladies Night w/DJ B-set, Friday.

John Prine, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $40-$65. 842-0800. 8 p.m. Friday.

Kenny Grimsley, support Ellie’s Team & the March of Dimes, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. Soft rock, 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Happy hour with Meghan Yates & the Reverie Machine, Slainte, Portland. Hi Tiger, 28 Degrees Taurus and Herbcraft at 9, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Friday Night Jazz, Solo Bistro, Bath. Molly Ridley (keyboard) & Tom Bucci Jr. (double bass), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Tricky Britches, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Bluegrass, 8 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Yarmouth Contemporary Music Days, concert featuring Maine composers, musicians, educators, artists and students; presented by Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, free, donations accepted. 846-6658. www.pytheasmusic.org. Explorations in Sound and Music, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 10 Works by 10 Composers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cold War Kids, Bates College (Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building), Lewiston, $20. www.batestickets.com. 9 p.m. Friday.

Joshua Madore and Jason Lambert, Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland. Friday.

Choral Art Society’s Bluegrass Mass, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, 15/$20. www.choralart.org. Soprano Kelly Caufield and a bluegrass band of local musicians, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Enter the Haggis, Celtic rock, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $22 door, $20 in advance. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

University of Southern Maine Concert Band, McCormack Performing Arts Center (Gorham High School), Gorham, $6. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Susan Werner, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $20. stonemountainartscenter.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Jeroba Jump, Club Texas, Auburn. DJ Fitts, Saturday.

Badfish, Sublime tribute band, State Theatre, Portland, $20 day of. 8 p.m. Saturday.

MAMM Slam, Maine Academy of Modern Music competition, formerly Maine Rock Off, Port City Music Hall, Portland. Finals, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Bluegrass Show, 8th annual Waterville Hospice show, Waterville High School, Waterville. Saturday.

Ameranouche Trio, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $10. Gypsy jazz, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tom Kennedy, Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Roomful of Blues, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 25/$28. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Curt Bessette & Jenn Kurtz, Cliff House Resort and Spa, Ogunquit. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Dean Ford, Jeff Conley and Jamie Kent & the Options, Slainte, Portland. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Jeff & Tania, Run of the Mill Brewpub, Saco. 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Guitar Studio Ensemble, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham, free. 780-5555. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Local Circus, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Music and Muffins: Carolyn Currie, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center, Free. 829-2215. Coffee and breakfast treats provided, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Celebrate with Song, Freeport Performing Arts Center, Freeport, $10/$5. Concert by Wescustago Youth Chorale, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Pro Sports

Portland Sea Dogs, Hadlock Field, Portland, $7-$9. www.portlandseadogs.com. Binghamton, 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; noon Thursday.

Readings

A Swarm of Poets, readings by several Maine poets; books will be available for purchase and signing, Rockland Public Library, Rockland, free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Special Events

Laser Fest, laser shows, some with rock music; reservations recommended; other programs are also available, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland, $5. 780-4249. Today.

“Community Building with Your Customers and Prospects: Social Media,” workshop with Joan Carney, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick, $5, free for Five Rivers members. 798-6964. [email protected] 6 p.m. Monday.

The Crisis of Intellectual Property, University of New England (WCHP Lecture Hall), Portland, free. Presented by Adrian Johns, author of “Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates,” 5 p.m. Monday.

Music Industry & Community Night, Bayside Bowl, Portland, free. Hosted by the Portland Music Foundation, 7 p.m. Monday.

Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture, “Health Security for Working Americans: a Moral Imperative” with Michael Dukakis, University of New England (Ludcke Auditorium), Portland. www.une.edu/lectures/merrillle. 4 p.m., reception follows, Tuesday.

Port Veritas Slam Finals, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Kudos! Spring Celebratory Event, special guest Millicent Monks, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, $40. 294-7043. Fine food, elegant wine, original art and live jazz, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Show and Tell, an intimate evening with Annie Sprinkle, former prostitute, porn star and now an “ecosex activist,” Space, Portland, $10-$13. www.space538.org. 18+, doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Equal Time, Equal Value: Building Healthier Communities through Time Banking, Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland, free. With USM professor Ed Collom, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Opera Preview Series, Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill, free. Il Trovatore with opera expert Tony Downer, 1 p.m. Thursday.

Dudefest 2011, screening of “The Big Lebowski” with white Russians on special all night. Wear a bathrobe for $3 tickets at the door. One Longfellow Square, Portland, $6. www.one longfellowsquare. 8 p.m. Friday.

ARTiculation Slam Poetry, presented by the Mahoosuc Arts Council, Gould Academy (Bingham Auditorium), Bethel. 824-3575. www.mahoosucarts.org. Friday.

Talib Kweli Meet & Greet, Bull Moose Music, Portland, free. Hip-hop artists will sign autographs, 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Great Falls Model Railroad Club Model Train Show, Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, $4/$2. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

“Dining with the Dead: Haunted Lighthouses of New England,” with Ron Kolek of New England Ghost Project and Jeremy D’Entremont of New England Lighthouse Tours, Captain and Patty’s Restaurant, Kittery Point, $39. www.lighthouse.cc/tours/xtrex. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Giant Used Book Sale, thousands of books for all ages and interests. Fresh stock throughout the day, Falmouth Memorial Library, Falmouth. 781-2351. Proceeds benefit the library, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Walker Maritime History Symposium, varied, day-long program on the 200-year relationship between the U.S. Navy and Maine; continental breakfast, lunch and closing reception; $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers and $35 for students, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“Maine and the Mast Trade: Strategic Resources, Geopolitics and the Clash of the Empires,” dinner with guest speaker Colin Woodard, Tate House Museum program, call for reservations, space is limited, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. 774-6177. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Spring Italian Fiesta, 20 percent of proceeds go to benefit STRIVE, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland, $39.95. Call 221-2267 for reservations. Five singers doing Italian numbers, with 5-course dinner, Saturday.

WMPG Fashion Show, followed by dance party at 9:30 p.m., Pulse Ballroom Dance Studio, Westbrook, $10/$20, students $5. Dark Follies entertain at 7:30; 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Saturday.

Il Trovatore, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg, $18-$26. 935-9232. www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac. Metropolitan Opera live in HD, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner & Auction, Nasson Community Center, Springvale, $25, with preview of upcoming Sanford Maine Stage murder mystery performance, 324-8227, 5:30 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. auction Saturday.

Theater

“Halpern & Johnson,” a story about two men who love the same woman, Portland Stage Company, Portland, starting at $28. 774-0465. 2 p.m. today.

“Kiss Me, Kate,” Lyric Music Theater, South Portland, $19.99. 2:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Runs through May 7.

“Harvey,” Elwood P. Dowd and his rabbit, University of Southern Maine (Russell Hall), Gorham, $8-$15. 780-5151. www.usm.maine.edu/theatre. 5 p.m. today and Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Runs through May 1.

“Dames at Sea,” student production, Scarborough High School, Scarborough, $5-$8, at the door. 7 p.m. Thursday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 8.

Maine Playwrights Festival, 10th annual short-play event with works by 10 Maine playwrights, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland; all 10 plays, one admission; $16, $14 students/seniors. 854-0065. www.acorn-productions.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 24-hour Portland Theater Project, $8, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Godspell Junior,” student performance, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish, $5-$8. 642-3743. www.schoolhousearts.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 1.

“Killer Joe,” 18+ only; strong adult content, graphic violence and nudity, Space, Portland. 828-5600. $10/$12, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Cinderella,” ballet-theater production, Ossipee Trail Arts Center, Limington, $5/$6/$8. 839-3267. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 8.

Evening of One-Acts, Hallowell City Hall, Hallowell, $12/$10. 626-3698. www.Gaslighttheater.org. Five short plays, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Winnie the Pooh,” features local actors ages 9 to 17, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, $7/$8. 828-1234, ext. 231. www.kitetails.org/4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. Runs through May 1.Editor’s Note: To submit items for Calendar, send mail to Community News at Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, One City Center, Portland, ME 04101, or send e-mail to [email protected] or a fax to 791-6920. Items should be submitted two weeks in advance. For information, call 791-6305.